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Meet the new guy: Jason Hahn

Meet the new guy: Jason Hahn

Season’s greetings. I’ve been hanging around for the past two months, so it seems time for a proper introduction: My name is Jason, obviously. I currently work in a corporate communications role during the week and enjoy the privilege of writing for this site Saturday and Sunday mornings. Some of my earliest memories of technology involve an IBM PS/2 and a Robie Junior. What brings me here is my fondness for the world of Android, which began when I soft-bricked my Nexus 5 in January 2014.

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LineageOS releases changelog for the past few weeks, including KRACK fixes and several status bar/quick settings additions

LineageOS releases changelog for the past few weeks, including KRACK fixes and several status bar/quick settings additions

From time to time, the team at LineageOS will post changelogs of changes/fixes that have been implemented since the last changelog was published. It's been quite a while since the last one on September 23rd, and this new one contains some noteworthy information. Following every change Lineage makes isn't the easiest thing in the world, and this helps consolidate everything.

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TWRP now supports Galaxy A3 Duos, ASUS Zenfone 4 Max, and more

TWRP now supports Galaxy A3 Duos, ASUS Zenfone 4 Max, and more

TWRP is still the best custom recovery available, giving Android users a better way to flash ROMs and back up their devices. Part of the reason it's so great is that can be ported to new devices fairly easily. Since we last covered the project earlier this month, a few more phones have been added to the roster.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 goes on sale today—here are all the launch deals

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 goes on sale today—here are all the launch deals

Samsung's latest phone is a spendy piece of hardware. While it's essentially a Galaxy S8 Plus with a stylus, that still means it's a great phone. The phone is available unlocked and from all the major US carriers, and everyone is offering deals to entice you—the deals are important when the phone costs almost $1,000. So, let's break it all down so you can figure out how many piggy banks you'll have to bust open to gather the necessary funds.

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Hasbro's companion app for the FurReal Maker Proto Max robot dog is now on the Play Store

Hasbro's companion app for the FurReal Maker Proto Max robot dog is now on the Play Store

Way back in February at the 2017 New York Toy Fair, Hasbro introduced a new product in its FurReal line of robotic pet toys. Unlike the others, the Proto Max is part of the Maker sub category, so named because it can be programmed to perform different actions. It's yet another example of a toy maker combining coding with playing in order to tap into the burgeoning STEM market. Why is this of any interest to us? Because the Android companion app has just launched, of course.

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Google confirms that aptX Bluetooth streaming won't work on the Nexus 6P or 5X

Google confirms that aptX Bluetooth streaming won't work on the Nexus 6P or 5X

One of the many new features in Android O is support for aptX Bluetooth streaming. aptX is a series of streaming protocols owned by Qualcomm, that feature much lower latency compared to normal Bluetooth audio streaming. But it looks like Nexus 5X and 6P owners won't be able to use it.

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Pixel will be Verizon carrier exclusive in the US, pre-orders get free Daydream View headsets

Pixel will be Verizon carrier exclusive in the US, pre-orders get free Daydream View headsets

Well, it's official - Verizon is the only carrier in the United States that will be carrying the Pixel phones. If the rumors from two months ago didn't convince you, the leak from late last night surely did. Verizon will also give free Daydream View VR headsets to Pixel buyers.

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[Update: S6 edge too] AT&T Galaxy Note5, S6, S6 edge+ receive WiFi calling, advanced messaging, and September security update

[Update: S6 edge too] AT&T Galaxy Note5, S6, S6 edge+ receive WiFi calling, advanced messaging, and September security update

AT&T and Samsung are both notoriously bad with Android updates, but they've done a good job with this latest update for the Galaxy Note5 and the Galaxy S6 edge+. Not only does this update bring the latest security update, but it also adds support for AT&T WiFi calling and Advanced Messaging.

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Android Pay v1.5 prepares to show new users where to find NFC on their phones and might be experimenting with the secure element again [APK Teardown]

Android Pay v1.5 prepares to show new users where to find NFC on their phones and might be experimenting with the secure element again [APK Teardown]

There are a lot of factors playing into the success and failure of mobile payment systems. Perhaps the most challenging issue for Android Pay to overcome isn't the slow adoption of compatible payment terminals or the general lack of awareness about contactless payments, it's the confusion people experience once they decide to try it. While many users are nervous simply because they don't know what to expect, some others are confronted with an even bigger challenge: they have no idea where the NFC antenna is on their phone. The Android Pay app has been progressively adding more informative screens to help with educating users about tap-and-go payments, and now evidence from a teardown suggests Google will soon teach users what part of the phone to actually tap with.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are the latest devices to get AT&T WiFi calling

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are the latest devices to get AT&T WiFi calling

AT&T started rolling out WiFi calling to some of its devices a few months ago, starting mysteriously with the LG G4. The GS6 Active and LG K10 followed that, but now a pair of newer flagship phones finally have it too. The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are getting WiFi calling in the latest OTA.

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